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Jeff Blair. Stephen Brunt. Richard Deitsch. As long-time journalists they’ve all experienced writer’s block, but they never run out of things to say! Opinions, insight and analysis from three of the smartest sports observers in the country. Writers Bloc… sharp takes, not hot takes.

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Jeff Blair. Stephen Brunt. Richard Deitsch. As long-time journalists they’ve all experienced writer’s block, but they never run out of things to say! Opinions, insight and analysis from three of the smartest sports observers in the country. Writers Bloc… sharp takes, not hot takes.

    Sept. 22: Thanks A Lot, “Cowboy” Joe West

    Sept. 22: Thanks A Lot, “Cowboy” Joe West

    On this edition of Writers Bloc, Ben and Stephen recap the Jays nail-biting win with Shi Davidi (22:16). NHL on Sportsnet’s David Amber reacts to Maple Leafs media day and why the season can’t start soon enough for them (45:24). Former MLB Executive David Samson discusses the “stealing” of Alejandro Kirk’s wristband and details the information sharing between baseball teams (01:05:08).







    The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    • 1 hr 32 min
    Sept. 21: Bad Calls and a Bad Ballpark

    Sept. 21: Bad Calls and a Bad Ballpark

    Ben and Stephen discuss playing at Tropicana Field and how to handle bad umpires with MLB Network’s Carlos Peña (22:02). Super Bowl Champion and CBS analyst Bryant McFadden talk about Pittsburgh’s lack of an offensive identity and why the new taunting rule is universally hated (47:20). TVA’s Renaud Lavoie looks back on his one on one sit down with Jonathan Drouin and how the game of hockey has changed in regards to players being able to talk about mental health issues (1:05:08). Blue Jays analyst Pat Tabler gives his take on the previous night’s umpiring and George Springer’s offensive game of late (1:34:08). Gord Stellick weighs in on expectations for the Leafs and the pressure on Mitch Marner after last year’s playoff (2:00:06).







    The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliate.

    • 2 hrs 17 min
    Sept. 20: The Jays Continue to Get It Done

    Sept. 20: The Jays Continue to Get It Done

    Ben and Stephen are joined by Joe Siddall to talk about the Jays defensive play and Bo Bichette’s under-the-radar offensive season (21:44). Sportsnet’s Luke Fox looks ahead to the start of Leafs’ training camp and what happens if things go south this year (47:46). Newsday’s Bob Glauber chats about Lamar Jackson’s great Monday Night performance and if this year’s Bucs are even better than last year (1:09:28). MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince weighs in on both the AL Cy Young and AL MVP races (1:35:04). Fox Sports soccer analyst Alexi Lalas gives his take on the chance of having a World Cup every two years (1:58:12).







    The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliate.

    • 2 hrs 17 min
    Sept. 17: Is the Jays’ Defense the Key to the Playoffs?

    Sept. 17: Is the Jays’ Defense the Key to the Playoffs?

    Ben and Richard chat with Buck Martinez about lineup decisions and why defense will be important for the Jays down the stretch (18:57). Cabbie Richards stops by the studio to talk about his new gig with Sportsnet (48:41). Former NFL Executive Jim Monos looks back at the Thursday Nighter and if this week is a get-right game for the Bills offense (1:12:41). Arash Madani discusses Charlie Montoyo’s Manager of the Year candidacy and the young core taking on a leadership role (1:37:41).







    The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliate.

    • 2 hrs 20 min
    Sept. 16: The Best Team in Baseball? Could Be!

    Sept. 16: The Best Team in Baseball? Could Be!

    Ben and Richard recap the Jays’ series win over the Rays with Ben Nicholson-Smith (22:27). Justin Bourne stops by to talk about the pressure on Sheldon Keefe and what the goaltending tandem of Campbell and Mrazek might bring (47:45). Former MLB executive David Samson clears the air on an accusation made about him by Mets owner Steve Cohen and doubles down on his Vladdy Guerrero Jr. for MVP take (1:11:14). Newly minted Carolina Hurricanes senior consultant Mike Futa talks about his new job and why he’s so excited to join the team (1:34:28). Former Raiders CEO Amy Trask offers up her opinion on her former team and why this is a big year for Daniel Jones (1:56:58).







    The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliate.

    • 2 hrs 17 min
    Sept. 14: The Jays Just Can’t Stop Winning!

    Sept. 14: The Jays Just Can’t Stop Winning!

    Ben and Richard chat with Dan Shulman about the Jays’ incredible run and Vladdy’s MVP chances (21:41). Sportsnet’s William Lou looks at the potential of Scottie Barnes on the Raptors and where Goran Dragic fits into their plans (48:21). The Athletic’s Lindsay Jones recaps the Monday Nighter and what to make of the Raiders and Ravens (1:10:51). ESPN’s Joon Lee weighs in on the Jays chances as a World Series contender and how front offices now evaluate players (1:36:13). Postmedia’s Michael Traikos gives his take on the Leafs’ chances in the Atlantic and the pressure facing the organization this year (1:58:24).







    The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    • 2 hrs 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
239 Ratings

239 Ratings

Steve from Terawnna (Toronto) ,

The show

1. Their breath of knowledge is impressive. 2. Their resumes and contacts in sports are top notch 3. I like the passion they all exhibit.
I do wish Brunt was on everyday, he just brings real human insights to the show. But he’s probably writing 4 or 9 more books and documentaries.
Please Guys, you gotta stop talking over each other, although I guess that may be partly due to being in different locations where queuing to add points to the conversation is tougher.
I think Dietch has worked hard to become Canadianized in sports especially, that is seeing things from a Canadian perspective........but keep going bro.
Great to have the show in the afternoon, a notorious dead time for decent programming.
I’m not a big fan of the theme song, seems like something made up at the last minute by a young rockstar wannabe, and it’s too loud.
I admire the cast of guests you bring in though - timely and relevant, and enough time given for deeper discussion points.

I do hate when interviews by lesser broadcasters are with someone who a)has nothing to say, like in intermission and post game interviews, b) dodges the question or only gives the canned corporate lines, c)or dull (hello most NHL players and executives). Oops, sorry for ranting.
But you guys are true pros, keep up the good job.
Steve

JA Adams ,

Wrong file uploaded again for today

Not sure what’s going with production on this but uploading a months old show seems like a rookie mistake.

straightcashhomies ,

Skipping needs to stop

Come on people, keeps skipping. Let’s go. This doesn’t happen in other podcast I listen to. Too many options to stick around and listen to skipping!

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